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T he P olk C ounty P ost
A MOTHER’S PROMISE
TO HER SON
TUESDAY, MAY 14, 1918.
WHEN A CUP OF
COFFEE TASTES LIKE
A MILLION DOLLARS
He Got Hia Cup and Then
Went on—to Death.
ME c w n
Trading an ox-team for the land
th a t lies between East S tark street
My Dear One—I’m writing thla rery, stay. Just as you planned I planned,
d Holladay avenue, and extending
very smell and on the thinnest of pa aad I said to myself: “When the time
Through the establishment of the
per, so that tightly folded It may slip comes for us to part 1 shall make him line of communication canteens In from Grand avenue to the W illam
Into one of the olive drab pockets of a promise." Dear one, this Is my Prance the American Red Cross Is set ette River w as one of the boyhood
your new uniform without encroaching promise, and I make It for the term ting records In serving hot coffee, co
fdr the tiniest part of an Inch upon all of your own—“for the duration of the coa and sandwiches to the troopa One experiences of Irvine Claggett, who
is in Borland in connection with
the new things that you must have present war."
of these refreshment units made an
there—the passports and Identifica
I promise you that while you are other new record recently, serving settlem ent of the Carutliers estate.
Locations were desired to deter
tion slips and photograph, the knife away, whether it Is months or years,
aad pen and writing pad, the lists nothing except what 1 can give you more than 50,000 meals In one week, m ine certain points in the contested
and numbers and names and ciphers, aad give aU the others shall fill my ▲t another a cup of coffee was served C aruthers property rights under
the address book and the thin manual life. I promise you that I shall de every ten seconds for a period of two legal proceedings. Mr. Clagget des
you have been studying so hard aad vote myself, here In safety, to the consecutive hours.
In a single week these lines of com ignated the spot where his father
the slim little Bible, for this letter Is work of making what you do easier
munication canteens often serve 80,000 m ade his first home on com ing to
a part of your equipment, too, or at and stronger and safer for you.
P ortland in 1852. It w as in the
least I like to think that It la
promise you that I shall give—and American and French soldiers.
C aruthers donation claim .
I’m going to tell you In It Just one give and give—for the Cause! Not
Soldiers In Bex Care.
• r two of the things tvl ’ v * oeen try the money I can spare, not the time
Do our soldiers and their allies real father,B enjam in Claggett,rented the
ing not to say in these last days. You've I have left when everything else Is ly want this form of Red Cross serv entire 640 acres, extending from the
said to yourself, haven’t you, that done, but all the money, all the time, ice! A letter from a youag American site of tiie old state penitentiary
there were possibilities that I, thank all the energy I have 1
aviator, a 1917 graduate of Princeton (now the Sm ith uud W atson Iron
God, hadn’t seemed to think of.
Your whole life has been altered, University, Is probably typical. It W orks) one m ile south along the
You’ve marvelled gratefully, haven’t has been set to sterner and graver might be added that this man has since
you, that I could say goodby with music. So shall mine be. You will been reported killed after bringing W illam ette, and from the river back
dry eyes and talk about what we know self denial, privation and fatigue down a German Taubei “A 60 mile to w hat is now T erw illiger boule
should do when the war Is over. My while the war lasts. So shall I know train ride ever here,” he aald, “Instead vard. C aruthers was not the origin
dear, there Is nothing—nothing—that them. Even If black news comes, even of taking a few hours may take days al owner,’ but paid about $1.25 per
can happen to you that I haven't fore If the blackest comes, I shall remem When we stop aLa Rad Cross canteen acre for the land, according to the
seen In every detail since May, since ber that against your brave heart this you can bet that a cup of coffee tastes
recollection of Irvine Ciuggett.
the very beginning of it all I know promise la resting, and I shall go on. like a million dollars."
The family of B enjam in Claggett
that some of our men are not going to And while there Is one man among our
It Is not always possible for a regi
come back. I know—as I writs this million and among the millions of our ment to provide sufficient food and hot entered on the prem ises in the
In the room you love—that your fin alllee who needs clothing and nursing coffee on these long Journeys, where Spring of 1853, and the fath er did
gers may fumble for this little piece and comforts and solace for your sake the men must often be packed stand m uch of the iron work and black-
of paper In some dreadful hour, a I shall not fall him.
ing into unheated box cars ordinarily sm ithing at the penitentiary.
month or two months or six months
Perhaps In God's goodness this note used for carrying horses. So Imagine
L ater a m an nam ed Ross who hail
from now, just to read It over once will come safely back to me In the fqr yourself the warmth, the cheer, the
more for the last time. Just to feel olive drab pocket, and we will smile comfort that piping hot coffee and a livery stable on M orrison, near
In your fingers out there in a shell over It together. But, remember, until good sandwiches bring to our boys aft Third, and a Mr. Jacobs, w ho owned
lighted battlefield something that I that hour comes I shall be always busy er a night on such a Journey I You a wagon shop, induced B enjam in
have touched—for goodbye.
filling my own small place In the great can Just bet that It stiffens a man’s Claggett to open a blacksm ith shop
And thinking of all this for almost machine of mercy and as truly under courage. Your Red Cross Is handing in their locality. This w as at the
a year while youlve been getting the colors over here as you are over out this renewed courage by the piping edge of th e ’settlem ent ns it then ex
ready to go I’ve been getting ready to there. God bless you 1
isted, and about where Ben Selling's
store is situated. The roajl from the
river ran west to the hills, and it
w as along this road tiiat m uch of
th e ir patronage came.
T H E R ED CROSS
In 1854 the elder C laggett took up
IS H E L P I N G
land claim , half a section
above the p leasant town of Gresham ,
a n d i where P leasan t Home station
Irvine Claggett becam e the ow ner
of aii ox team and waged; and was
engaged in various enterprises when
a mere stripling. He hauled gravel
for the im provem ent of Front and
First streets, bringing it by ferry
from the pits on the East Side. He
“TIME OF THEIR LIVES”
29,000 YOUNG SALMON PUT >
POLK COUNTY DEMOCRATS
relates how one m an objected to
IN THE RICKREALL RIVER I
TO PILL OUT TICKET
SAY G. A. R. VETERANS having the “expensive im prove
m en t” m ade, w ith the result that
The Polk county Democratic ticket
D allas—In an effort to introduce
A large delegation of Independ Claggett secured some log of con
salm on in th is p art of Oregon, will be com pleted a t the prim aries ence G. A. R. and W. R. C. attended siderable size and placed a cordu
29,000 chinook fry w ere placed in Friday w hen the following nam es the state encam pm ent at Albany roy road in front of the objector’s
th e R ickreall river and Ellendale will he w ritten in: Thom as VV. and according to the testim ony of premises.
creek n e a r here S atu rd ay by the the Drunk for representative, I. M. the com rades and good sisters they
At this tim e a m an nam ed Ca-
sta te fish, and gam e commission. Sim pson for com m issioner and Fred “had the tim e of th eir live.” Com ruthers, but of a different family,
Salm on, it is well know n, come bark Suver for surveyor.
rade Bascue said it w as the best or not related to the South P ortland
For sta te senator, Robert Johnson ganized parade he w as ever in and C aruthers, offered to trade the land
to th e ir hom e w ater every four
years, and it is* believed th a t by of Corvallis will get a num ber of he has m arched in sixteen of them. from H ollnday’s Addition south to
plan tin g these young fish they will votes in Polk county and probably He is a m em ber of the state drum the S tark street road for the ox
retu rn here to spaw n. One hundred the nom ination.
Young Claggett could not
corps and this G. A. R. band is a l team .
an d seven cu tth ro at tro u t w ere also
title, being under age. He tried to
ways h eartily cheered everywhere.
placed in the R ickreall by the com
get some one to act for him until
he cam e of age, but w as not success
WANTS UNCLE SAM TO
OPERATE RIVER BOATS ful and the deal fell th ru . He later
R epublicans 4,110, Demo
DIDN’T HAVE TO BE
planned to take up a claim now
crats 2,264, Progressives 11,
TOLD TO CLEAN UP
St. P aul, Ore., May 10—To the Ed known as M arquam Hill, but was
Prohibitionists 216, Social
Independence m issed its an n u al
itor—The Oregon City T ran sp o rta too young to file. The property in
ists 162, M iscellaneous 237.
Clean-up th is y ear but most every
tion Co. has taken its boats from volved in the ox team trade is now
body cleaned up w ithout a procla
the W illam ete river and one of our known as W heeler’s Addition.
m ation by the m ayor.
The fam ily lived for 12 years on
tran sportation lines is idle. T his is
P leasan t Home farm . Irvine
a great loss to the valley as the river
helps a great deal to control the m arried and late r moved to Jack
sonville for his wife's health, and
iiM iiiaiiiw iiaiiiaiiw i»iiw iiaitM iiM iu«iim iiaiiniiiiatiiaiim w im N B iiM iw iniii< a)iiaiL i railrods.
then to Douglas county. In 1867 he
settled a t Independence, Polk Coun
route for the following reasons: ty, and has lived there nearly 51
lack of patronage, scarcity of labor, years. Independence w as then a
B high wages, and the last year of grain-grow ing center and a ll/ wus
idleness caused by repairs on the shipped to P ortland by boat.
He operated the ferry, opened a
locks at Oregon City.
It seem s th a t the retiring com pany w arehouse, bought and sold grain
is w illing to lease its yellow stack and m erchandise.
boats to good old Uncle Sam uel. needed, ns there were only three
W hy not m ake a move on W ashing m onths of school in the year for
ton? W rite to our very popular such as w ere established. D istricts
is approaching and the far-sighted housewife
young Senator McNary. See the were consolidated and teachers em
will this year above all others buy her require
cham bers of commerce of the differ ployed, am ong them Judge M artin
ent cities along the river, m ake a L. Pipes, now of Portland.
A ch arter w as fram ed for the town
move to save the river route and
let business m en patronize it year of Independence and city govern
after year. F arm ers are tied up m ent established. In the school
of the jars that you need as a traveling sales
by a scarcity of cans. The W illam work VV. P. Conway, no'” of Wood-
ette river route gives us tra n sp o rta burn, aided in the plans. Getting
man told us that only about ten per cent of the
the town stnrted in its legal aspects,
tion independent of the railroads.
glass factories in the United States are run
Mr. Clagett had the aid of a m an
ning. We have quite a generous supply on
nam ed McCord, w ho later w ent to
m ent of the locks at Oregon City Eastern Oregon. He took a hand in
hand and are selling Mason’s for—
1 and it is a pity not to use them .
securing churches. The Southern
M ethodist Church w as the first es
JOHN F. THEO. B. BREUTANQ.
Q u a rts........
Mr. Claggett is a live citizen right
now. He is 77 years old anil going
ELIZABETH MIXER WINS
FIRST PRIZE IN COUNTY strong. His rem iniscences are most
Zinc Caps • ........................
Coming across the
B Elizabeth Mixer won the first prize plains in 1852, h is party cam e direct
I in Polk county offered to the pupil to P ortland over the old Oregon
B w ho sold the m ost T hrift stam ps trail from M issouri, w here he was
• d u ring the m onth of April. H er to bora 4n 1841. His pai-ents were from
(C ontinued on Page 4.)
tal w as * 5 , 010 .
By KATHLEEN NORRIS
W e add the* following nam es j
to the South Polk County Service |
Ernest W illiams
Vera W illiams
This m akes a total of 115.
TO BE U H E E D
The Independence service Hag
will soon be unfurled. It will be
dedicated «sometime this m onth
w ith appropriate ceremony at which'
tim e honor and tribute will be
paid to the sons of Independence
who are now serving th eir country
on land and sea.
The Independence flag w ill contain
between seventy-five and a h u n d
red stars and will consist of those
whose postoffice address w as In
dependence a t the tim e of th eir en
The Hag which will cost between
$15 and $20 will be paid for by
voluntary contributions. Boxes will
be placed in several business houses
w here all will have an opportunity
to assist financially.
MR McNARY IS LAUDED
BY SENATOR JOHNSON
W ashington—Senator H iram W.
Johnson of California today gave
out tlie following statem ent con
cerning the am endm ent to the food
control hill recently introduced in
the Senate by Senator C harles L.
“It is my firm conviction th a t Sen
ato r McNary has rendered the peo
ple of this country signal service in
calling to the attention of Congress
tiie short-coinings of tiie present
food control hill and pointing a
clear way for correctibn of the evils
“For two or three years the pro NO RIGHT TO REQUIRE
ducers and consum ers have seen
DEPOSIT ON METERS
prices steadily advance until we find
great h ardships falling upon the
The Oregon Public Service Com
m asses of tiie people who are u n mission has ruled th a t the P o rtland
able to earn w ages com m ensurate Pow er and Light Co. has no rig h t
w ith the cost of right living. It is to dem and a deposit when a m eter
my belief tiiat this hill, if passed b y ! is installed. The sam e ruling n at
Congress, will do groat service in urally would apply to any o ther
lowering the cost of the p lain ne public utility corporation of tiie
cessities of life by effectually remov sam e kind w hich would include ihe
ing the heartless profiteer whose Oregon Power Co.
gluttony surpasses h u m an u n der
A large num ber of Independence
standing. I believe Senator McNary people, especially renters, have
is doing a com m endable w ork and m oney “Invested" in m eter deposits.
should have the support of all pa
triotic citizens who place tiie inter-1 “BAD MAN” BREAKS OUT
OF STATE PENITENTIARY
ests of the m any above the avarice
of the few.
Jeff Baldw in, known ns a “bad
“In this hill, as in his career as
Senator, Mr. McNary has shown i m an ” at the penitentiary escaped
his ability, his vision and his sta te s -! S unday and as yet has not been
m anship. We are grateful to the captured. The State Guard is assist
state of Oregon for having given us ing in the hunt. Baldwin is sup
such a Senator. He reflects credit I posed to he hiding in the brush be
upon his state and does honor to j tween Salem and Orville. This is
his second break.
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